Thursday December 09, 2021

127 illegal immigrants voluntarily deported from Libya

Published : 23 Oct 2021, 02:20

  DF News Desk

File Photo Xinhua.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday said 127 illegal immigrants were voluntarily deported from Libya to their country of origin, reported Xinhua.

"The IOM has received clearance from the Government of National Unity in Libya to resume humanitarian flights from Libya, and safely returned the stranded Gambian immigrants who are among thousands of immigrants waiting to return home through IOM's Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme yesterday, with financial support from the European Union," the IOM said in a statement.

These immigrants, including seven women and five children, departed from the city of Misurata to the Gambian capital of Banjul, said the statement.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, making the North African country a preferred point of departure for illegal migrants who want to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores.